Kruger and Sabi Sands are two of the most renowned safari regions in Africa. Whether you're drawn in by the big five (elephants, leopards, buffalos, lions and rhinos) or by the lavish tropical surroundings, luxury holidays in Kruger and Sabi Sands deliver adventure, excitement and relaxation. From wild savannas to fine dining with award-winning wines from the Cape Winelands, the South African regions of Kruger and Sabi Sands provide unforgettable experiences.
One of the largest animal reserves in Africa, Kruger National Park gets you close to the action with world renowned safaris. Sharing Kruger’s border, Sabi Sands is a famous private game reserve famed for its luxury lodges and frequent spotting of elusive animals like leopards. Self-drive to Hazyview and explore a small farming town with delightful walking trails, spectacular views and the Shangana Cultural Village. Walk the Mpumulanga Escarpment and the Blyde River Canyon for endless views of the country.
Drive to the museum town of Pilgrim's Rest, a national monument, and explore the history of the Transvaal gold rush. Discover Zulu culture and history and immerse yourself in local traditions. For an exclusive, luxury safari, stay at the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve. Elegant suites with heated swimming pools are coupled with tremendous views of South Africa.
A short drive from Kruger National Park itself, the resort offers an insight to untouched part of Africa where large numbers of wild animals roam. Enjoy sunrises in the pool and dinners under a starlit sky, all in a reserve which is luxury in every sense.
For the best game viewing, visit Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Safari during the dry winter months of May to October. Even though it's winter, daytime temperatures still range from 15 to 25 degrees. The grass of the savanna is at its shortest these months making it easier to spot the wildlife.
When the summer season brings rain, Kruger and Sabi Sands flourish with higher temperatures, lavish greenery and thick grasses. Waterholes fill drawing animals from far and wide and you can spot summer birds and newborn animals.
On a luxury getaway here, you'll find delicious dishes inspired by local produce. Fresh fruits and vegetables are coupled with first-class meats, all paired with remarkable views overlooking Kruger and Sabi Sands. Try a traditional outdoor boma at Serondella Lodge or Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge and share your safari stories around an open fire.
Relax with a glass of wine from the famous Cape vineyards and discover fine dining below the stars at night. During the day, spot animals from a viewing deck whilst enjoying afternoon tea.
You should carry identification with you at all times and keep a photocopy of your passport. For holidays less than 90 days, British citizens do not need a visa when visiting Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.